Originally built in 1927 and located in Death Valley National Park, the mission-style Inn at Death Valley celebrated its $100 million transformation with a grand reopening celebration in November 2018. The property, owned by Xanterra Travel Collection, features 66 updated rooms, a renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, the new Tranquility Spa, and a spring-fed pool bordered by a new café and cabanas. Twenty-two one-bedroom casitas have been added along with Mission Gardens, a prime location for outdoor events.

The Inn’s family-friendly sister property, The Ranch at Death Valley, underwent a transformation of its own with the addition of a mission-style town square, complete with a courtyard with a welcoming reception area. Another new feature is a central hub for entertainment and socialization featuring a retail store, ice cream counter and Western saloon.

Located next to The Ranch, the 18-hole Furnace Creek Golf Course at Death Valley (the world’s lowest golf course at -214 feet) also underwent a massive renovation primarily focused on water conservation and the transition of 15 acres of maintained turf to desert with native plantings that use little water. Non-chlorinated water from the two properties’ two spring-fed pools is used to irrigate landscaping and the golf course.

The 2021/2022 ski season has not only brought some big storms early on, the opening of new and refreshed mountain town lodging properties also has welcomed winter. Copper Mountain is among the few, if not the only ski resort in Colorado, to welcome a new hotel and Element 29 is its first and only hotel. 

 

Located in Driggs, Idaho, Grand Teton Distillery is opening a new 2,000-square-foot tasting room in summer 2022 as part of an expansion that also increases output. 

The Details

The new tasting room will accommodate up to 50 guests and provided ample space for complimentary tastings, and tours of the distillery will be available by appointment and feature the distilling process from grain to glass. 

 

Recently opened in the Talking Stick Entertainment District in Scottsdale, Arizona, within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Bam Kazam is a new form of interactive entertainment from the founder of Escape the Room. It’s housed within a large 20,000-square-foot complex and consists of 18 room-sized games and puzzles.